To: Interested Parties
From: John McLaughlin
Re: National Survey Results
Date: May 19, 2009
1. American voters still see terrorism as a very serious threat to the United States.
Nationwide, voters are very concerned about the threat of terrorism and the development of nuclear weapons in Iran. In an open-ended question, voters say terrorism (15%) is the greatest threat to the United States. Nine in ten voters (91%) say that Iran supplying a nuclear umbrella for terrorists is a serious threat to the United States. This sentiment is strong across the board including among those who voted last year for Barack Obama. There is a great deal of intensity to this sentiment as nearly seven in ten voters (69%) say Iran supplying a nuclear umbrella for terrorists is a very serious threat.
But the poll's real importance is this, as Jennifer Rubin highlights:
But Americans are a skeptical lot, it seems. Asked “Do you think that if the Palestinians were given their own state in the West Bank and Gaza they would live peacefully with Israel or continue their campaign of terror to destroy Israel?” only 18% choose “live peacefully” (with only 7% of Republicans choosing “live peacefully” over “destroy Israel” while the Democrats’ split was far closer, 25-47%).
The bottom line: Americans are “not naive,” as the president likes to say, about Iran and are very supportive of Israel.
(Kippah tip: Rick Richman)